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Senior Labor Relations Specialist – University of Michigan


Senior Labor Relations Specialist

Labor Relations Rep Senior

Michigan Medicine – Health Sys
Ann Arbor, MI




Exec Vp Med Affairs

UMHS Shared Human Resources

11/02/2017 – 11/24/2017


Human Resources

Job Summary
Responsible for the implementation of a positive and effective health system-wide labor relations program, which promotes long and short-term labor relations strategies under general direction.  Administers and interprets the health system and University collective bargaining agreements, monitors the issuance of corrective action, oversees disputes, grievances and/or arbitration procedures. Represents management in labor relations, including the negotiation, writing, interpretation, and administration of collective bargaining agreements.  Maintains records and monitors compliance with all relevant laws and regulations.


  • Prepares for, conducts, and/or participates in union-management contract negotiations and administers all provisions of the agreements.
  • Prepares and gathers written documentation and analysis for presentation to unions during bargaining sessions.
  • Interprets union-management agreements and represents management in the negotiation and settlement of grievances under established grievance and dispute procedures.
  • Consults with managers on courses of action.
  • Assists in the planning and organization of a program for employee and labor relations to build a positive work environment that promotes interest-based problem solving for employee disputes and grievances.
  • Maintains documentation of grievances, arbitrations, NLRB and MERC decisions, discipline, and termination issues/problems.
  • Proactively monitors CBA trends, issues, disciplinary patterns, actions, settlements, etc., and recommend course corrections as appropriate.
  • Makes recommendations to management and bargaining unit representatives in development, application, and interpretation of agreements between unions and management.
  • Assists managers, Human Resources Business Partners and others with the interpretation of personnel policies and procedures, legal and union contract compliance, grievance, discipline, termination problems, and mediates with employees and union representatives, identifying legal issues to manager or others as required.
  • Facilitates discussion and resolution of complex issues between management and unions.
  • Provides education on courses for labor relations, contract interpretation and labor law applications for supervisors, managers and others.
  • Maintains departmental reports and records and collects statistical data for administrative and regulatory purposes.
  • Documents and compiles statistics of employee relations issues, cases, and union activities.
  • Assembles and analyzes information on trends in labor relations.
  • Participates in the development of short and long-term plans for the labor relations function.
  • Contributes to a working environment that is conducive to labor management harmony and interest-based relationships through the implementation and maintenance of equitable policies and procedures and programs designed to allow for effective problem solving.
  • Ensures compliance with regulatory agencies and their regulations such as those under the Michigan Employment Relations Commission and National Labor Relations Board, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Office of Civil Rights and Department of Justice.
  • Develops and maintains procedures necessary to meet regulatory requirements.
  • Complies with established departmental policies, procedures and objectives.
  • Attends meetings, conferences, seminars as required or directed.
  • Demonstrates use of continuous process improvement in daily operations.
  • Respects diverse views and approaches, and contributes in maintaining an environment of professionalism, tolerance, diversity and inclusivity, civility and acceptance toward all employees, patients and visitors.
  • Performs other similar and related duties as required or directed.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor degree preferably in Business, Human Resources, Industrial Relations, Labor and Employment Relations or equivalent training or experience.
  • Five years of labor relations experience required.
  • Demonstrated experience as chief spokesperson in multiple contract negotiations required.
  • In depth knowledge and expertise in labor and employee relations, benefits, compensation, and recruitment.
  • History of hearing grievances or disputes at the last step, preparing for arbitrations, and working knowledge of the Michigan Public Employment Relations Act, National Labor Relations Act and National Labor Relations Board procedures required.
  •  Must have the ability to work independently and to develop and maintain positive working relationships with all levels of management and staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare CBA analysis, write training materials and conduct staff trainings.
  • Demonstrated excellent written, verbal, analytical, and organizational skills with the ability to work collaboratively and independently.
  • Unless certification, licensure or registration is required, an equivalent combination of education and experience which provides proficiency in the areas of responsibility listed in this description may be substituted for the above requirements.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Ten years of direct experince in labor relations is preferred.
  • Three to five years of employment in either employee benefits and/or compensation is preferred.
  • HRCI and/or SHRM Certification is desired.
  • A Juris Doctor degree or equivalent education, training and experience in labor relations is preferred.

Background Screening
University of Michigan Health System conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings. Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act.

Mission Statement
Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Application Deadline
Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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